If Route 5 through Hamburg is made into anything less than a four-lane highway, it will be the greatest mistake in Western New York since the Robert Moses Parkway was built in Niagara Falls and then closed.
Lackawanna didn't want the connector and now some people in Hamburg don't like all the people passing through their community. Regionalism is in a sad state of affairs.
Route 20 and the Thruway just can't handle all of the traffic from Lake View, Derby, Angola, Farnham, Silver Creek, Fredonia, North Collins, Gowanda, etc. Route 5 is a major highway for access to Buffalo for people from these communities. And these are the areas for future growth.
The people who live along Route 5 in Hamburg knew it was a major highway when they bought their homes there. If residents backed into their driveways rather than onto Route 5, there would be a lot fewer rear-end collisions.
Installing sidewalks and medians with landscaping would really change the area and is just asking for trouble. Thank goodness planners recognize that there is a morning and afternoon rush hour. That should say something about this being a major highway.
Any fatality is a concern, but 10 fatalities in 10 years is not higher than other major roads.
Obviously, those doing the study and planning do not drive on Route 5 on a regular basis. If they did, they already would have eliminated two of the four plans.
Unfortunately, the people living in the communities listed above don't have the wealth or the clout of those who live in Orchard Park and East Aurora and have their own bypasses. We'll forgo the bypass if Route 5 remains four lanes.
RAY MORRIS JR.